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There are concerns with the Steelers ageing QB Ben Roethlisberger, these concerns are raised even higher with the lack of confidence in their team work. The Steelers don't seem to have a backup plan to grow upon. The guys also give their picks to which QBs they think will make their stocks rise come Monday morning.
Week 3 is underway and Sam Darnold thanks the Panthers for welcoming him in with open arms after leaving the Jets. Then, Desmond Howard joins to discuss who needs to win against Notre Dame vs Wisconsin and he previews the biggest games to watch out for this weekend, with the biggest surprise in Oklahoma.
OBJ is still finding his stride with the Browns, but Keyshawn says that OBJ is going to be fine, he just wears his emotions on his shoulders because he wants to win. Rob Ninkovich joins the show to talk about how important week 3 is for the Patriots, his reaction to the Alex Guerrero statement about how Brady was treated by Belichick and if there could have been any other issues in the locker room.
Alex Guerrero said that Bill Belichick “never evolved' when he dealt with Brady, Keyshawn thinks that it's hard to believe that Belichick didn't evolve at all and Jay expands on the conversation explaining the tension and the rift that Guerrero & Belichick had between each other. Then, Dan Graziano joins the show for another edition of Hot News or NOT News.
ESPN Sports Betting Analyst Joe Fortenbaugh joins the show to talk about the weekend of gambling that is ahead of us. Bart Scott stops by to break down some of the biggest storylines of NFL Week 3. How concerned should Jets fans be about Zach Wilson?
Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians joins the show to discuss how long Tom Brady will continue to play, whether Gronk actually watches film, Super Bowl hangovers, and why he doesn't like the new taunting rule. Plus, MLB Network analyst & former MLB player Cliff Floyd stops by to break down where we are with this baseball season.
Which QB's are already on the panic meter after only 2 week? The guys also continue to discuss the Bears QB situation. Jeff Darlington stops by to play Hot News or Not News. Plus, Doc Rivers joined the show yesterday, and the guys continue to react to his comments on Ben Simmons.
Should the Bears still with Justin Fields even if Andy Dalton is healthy? Aaron Rodgers criticized the media for not knowing what he deals with behind the scenes. Was it fair, and who was he talking about? Plus, the guys get you ready for Thursday Night Football, and play Take Your Pick for some of this weekends' matchups.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon joins the show to talk about which rookie QB's impressed him most so far this season. If we re-drafted the NFL draft where would Mac Jones land? Mike Reiss joins to answer than and more. Plus, what's next for Ben Simmons?
Keyshawn explains why Aaron Rodgers needs to stop being sensitive to media narratives. What is going to happen with Ben Simmons and the Sixers? Jay explains what the fallout could be. Domonique Foxworth joins the guys to talk about why Big Ben is done, and play Real or Not Real on which 2-0 teams will make the playoffs.
What 0-2 teams still have a chance to make the playoffs? Max still thinks the Giants could get there. Callers weigh in on which winless teams could get into the postseason. Also, The Paul Finebaum Show's Paul Finebaum joins the guys to talk about why Alabama's close win over Florida showed everyone that the Crimson Tide are beatable, if Georgia has enough offense to hang with Alabama and more. Plus, J-Will reacts to JJ Reddick retiring and Key shares his new book “The Forgotten First,” which drops today.
ESPN NFL Front Office Insider Mike Tannenbaum joins the guys for the hour to talk about Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' performance against the Lions. Jay still wants to see how they look against the 49ers before he's all in on the ‘they're back!' train. Mike says the offense will be fine and Green Bay will win the NFC North, but he's concerned about their defense. Also, Mike shares why he would bring in Nick Foles if he were the Colts GM and Carson Wentz was going to miss some significant time.
ESPN Injury Expert & Fantasy Focus Football Podcast Host Stephania Bell joins the guys to talk about Carson Wentz and his two sprained ankles, Tua's rib injury and the timetable for his return, and what is going on in Cleveland with Jarvis Landry, OBJ, & Baker Mayfield's injuries. Plus, ESPN NFL Insider Dan Graziano joins the guys for a little Hot News or Not News including Zach Wilson throwing four picks against the Pats and Mac Jones picking up his first NFL win.
Everyone was worried about Aaron Rodgers and the Packers for nothing. Rodgers is fine… the Packers are fine. Also, Key doesn't understand why we're making a big deal about the Cowboys' clock management after a game that they won and Jay wants Mike McCarthy to stop making excuses. Max says he just can't trust McCarthy, who Jerry wanted because he's a name that won't push back. Plus, Kap & J-Hood Host David Kaplan to talk about how poorly Matt Nagy answered questions about who would be his starting QB going forward.
Monday Night Football analyst Louis Riddick joins the show to talk about the Ravens win over the Chiefs and preview the Packers-Lions game. He also shares his thoughts on the expectations for the Packers and if Dan Campbell can change the culture in Detroit. Also, Shae, Keyshawn and Jay react to Sam Darnold's comments after the Panthers win over the Saints, they react Kyler Murray's comments after the Cardinals win and more.
Shae, Keyshawn and Jay share their thoughts on the performance Zach Wilson had yesterday against the Patriots and welcome in ESPN football analyst Sam Acho to talk about Wilson, the Ravens' win, and the Bears QB situation and how far Matthew Stafford can take the Rams. Also, ESPN NFL Analyst/Co-Host of Organized Chaos podcast- Rex Ryan joins the show to shed light on how to defend Lamar Jackson.
Shae, Keyshawn and Jay continue to talk about the performance of Lamar Jackson on Sunday Night Football and weigh in on the Cowboys' win over the Chargers. Plus, ESPN football analyst Dan Orlovsky joins the show to talk about the Ravens win over the Chiefs, Carson Wentz getting hurt again and Zach Wilson throwing 4 picks against the Jets.
Shae, Keyshawn and Jay open the show talking about the Ravens' huge win over the Chiefs and how impressive Lamar Jackson's performance was. They also discuss Carson Wentz getting hurt and how his injuries continue to keep him off the field, as well as react to Frank Reich's comments about the injury and Tua being injured as well. Plus, how good is Derek Carr and what should the Bears should do at QB?
Keyshawn, Jay and Max share their thoughts on Kenny Golladay and Daniel Jones going at it on the sidelines and Co-Host of Canty and Golic Jr. Chris Canty also weighed in on the Giants' loss to Washington. Plus, the crew wonders if the Packers are going to bounce back this week on Monday Night Football against the Lions and if Josh Allen can do the same against the Dolphins.
Keyshawn, Jay and Max react to Tom Brady's comments about him wanting to play until he's 50. They debate on how long they think Brady can play. The guys also break down the big match ups this weekend in a segment called "4 Downs" and welcome in Waddle and Silvy on ESPN 1000's Tom Waddle to the show to weigh in on the Bears' QB Situation.
Keyshawn, Jay and Max open the show talking about the Giants heartbreaking loss to the Washington Football Team. Keyshawn says it's not on the coaching, it's on the player to execute. They focus on Dexter Lawerence's huge miscue at the end of the game and talk about Kenny Golladay being frustrated due to his lack of production last night. Plus, ESPN NFL Insider Dan Graziano joins for "Hot News or Not News."
With Washington playing tonight against the Giants, Key thinks that Taylor Heinicke has what it takes to be a really good QB that can take his team to the Super Bowl. The crew also shared their thoughts on if Cam Newton would be a good fit in Washington. Also, ESPN Daily Wager Host/ Sports Betting Analyst Joe Fortenbaugh joins to talk about the betting odds for this weekend's games and the problems that betters can have when they go to make their bets.
Max surprises Keyshawn when he talks about his time when he was a rapper, then they preview Giants - Washington and if there is too much pressure on Daniel Jones. Plus, ESPN NFL Analyst Damien Woody and ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter join the show.
Max Kellerman weighs in on Baker Mayfield needing to learn from the loss against Kansas City in order to keep growing and Pro Football HOF Bill Parcells joins the show to discuss the pressures that Daniel Jones has to deal with as the Giants starting QB, the challenges that young QBs have to face and if he thinks Justin Fields is a good fit in Chicago.
Keyshawn and Max dive into some nature talk to teach Jay about ligers. Then Key discusses why he is not worried about Saquon Barkley when the Giants meet Washington on Thursday Night Football. Also, the Rams are facing the Colts on Sunday and Jay thinks that the Colts will be fine against them. However, Max explains what starting 0 - 2 would mean for Frank Reich and Carson Wentz this early on in the season.
The guys react to Jermichael Finley's comments earlier on Aaron Rodgers. Jay thinks that it's easily a championship or bust season for the Packers. Also, ESPN CFB Senior Writer Heather Dinich shares who she has as the best team in the country, what could happen with OSU and how many teams the SEC can get in to the CFP. Plus, should Eric Bieniemy be interested in the USC job? And, Chargers Head Coach Brandon Staley joins the show.
Key breaks down what happened that lead to Clay Helton being fired by USC and Jay and Max join the discussion on the level of concern the Giants should have about Week 2? Plus, ESPN Baseball Insider Buster Olney sheds light on the Dodgers, Max Scherzer and the MVP race.
Former Packers TE Jermichael Finley joins the show and shares why the Packers got crushed in Week 1, how concerning that loss is, why Aaron Rodgers never takes blame for anything, and his lack of work ethic. Also, ESPN NFL Reporter Kimberley A. Martin reacts to Jermichael Finley, and plays Hot News or Not News. Plus, what's it going to take for Matt Nagy to start Justin Fields?
Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams and Max Kellerman discuss which 0-1 team should we be most concerned about, which Week 1 performance was most likely to reality: Jalen Hurts or Carson Wentz, and what the expectations are for the Packers moving forward.
Key was getting smashed on Twitter about his Derek Carr take from a few weeks ago early in the Monday Night Football game, but Carr brought the Raiders back from what looked like would be a loss, to an OT win. Plus, Key says USC alums are ecstatic that they've moved on from Clay Helton as coach.
Key, Jay and Max chat with ESPN NFL Front Office Insider Mike Tannenbaum about why it might be a mistake that Ron Rivera and the WFT isn't interested in Cam Newton. Plus, 49ers Tight End George Kittle joins the show to talk about San Francisco's win over the Lions, the 49ers QB rotation, what kind of progression he's seen out of Trey Lance this year and how good the NFC West is.
The guys ask why was Mike Vrabel's tone about Julio Jones so sharp. Jay thinks there's something festering in Tennessee. Also,The Paul Finebaum Show's Paul Finebaum weighs in on USC firing Clay Helton, who the next head coach for the Trojans could be, if Lane Kiffin should be considered for USC's head coach vacancy, why it's so important for USC to get it right this time, and what is wrong with Ohio State. Plus, ESPN NFL Analyst Jeff Saturday joins the show.
Max is still trying to figure out how to watch sports and wake up at three in the morning for the show. Also, the second half of the Raiders/Ravens game was wild. Usually games like last night go against the Raiders, but Derek Carr brought them back for an improbable win. Plus, Key weighs in on USC's firing of their head coach and ESPN NFL Insider Dan Graziano joins the show to play a little Hot News or Not News.
The guys share thoughts on Matthew Stafford and ask if he is an upgrade over Jared Goff. They also talk about how strong the NFC West is and the potential of all four teams making the playoffs. Plus, the crew has more overreactions on Daniel Jones, the Texans, and Patrick Mahomes.
Keyshawn, Jay and Max weigh in on Sam Darnold beating his old team and Zach Wilson's performance. Then, they continue to talk about the Browns and Chiefs, the issues with Daniel Jones and the Giants, and more. Also, ESPN NFL analyst Rex Ryan joins the show to talk about Wilson's debut, the Packers getting crushed by the Saints, the Steelers' upset over the Bills and more.
Keyshawn, Jay and Max give their Week 1 overreactions and encourages callers to give theirs as well. Plus, Keyshawn shares his "Key Observations" and welcome ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark to the show to discuss the Saints' win and more. Plus, should Washington consider signing Cam Newton.
Keyshawn, Jay and Max open the show talking about the Rams beating the Bears, Stafford throwing for three touchdowns and over 300 yards and what the Bears should do at QB. They also discuss the Saints' victory over the Packers and recap other NFL Week 1 matchups.
Keyshawn says that Tom Brady, despite his age, is absolutely amazing in his talent and questions why Bill Belichick would not want to keep that talent. Plus, ESPN NFL Reporter Ed Werder joins the show to talk about the Bucs performance last night, the Cowboys' inability to defend against Brady and how concerned Dallas should be about Dak Prescott's shoulder injury. Also, ASU head coach Herm Edwards joins the show to discuss his time as the HC of the Jets when 9/11 occurred, how it impacted his career and the expectations of his ASU team this year.
Keyshawn, JWill and Max weigh in on the Giants and what they expect to see from Daniel Jones when they face off against the Broncos. Plus, ESPN CFB Analyst Desmond Howard joins the show to discuss the games happening this weekend, what he expects from Ohio State when they go against Oregon and more.
Key, Jay and Max share their thoughts on the NFL opening matchup, their concern about Dak Prescott and how they felt when the Bucs got the ball on the final . The guys discuss which games they are most excited to watch this weekend, Key is looking forward to watching the Ravens play, while Jay chooses the Steelers. Also, ESPN NFL Insider Dan Graziano joins the show to give the Hot News or Not News.
Do the Cowboys or Browns have the most to gain with a win in Week 1? Callers weigh in with that they think. Also, ESPN Daily Wager Host Joe Fortenbaugh joins the guys to go through some prop best and play our new game House Money. Plus, 2x Super Bowl Winner Eli Manning joins the guys to talk about what he expects out of Daniel Jones this season, if he would play Saquon Barkley in Week 1 and what it'll be like broadcasting the Monday Night Football game with his brother.
Keyshawn, Jay and Max make their early picks for NFL awards and welcome Super Bowl XXXVII Champion Ronde Barber to the show. Also, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter joins the show to talk about Dak Prescott's health heading into tonight's game, the Texans' handling of Deshaun Watson and more.
Keyshawn says the Cowboys fanbase will go CRAZY if they beat the defending champs tonight. Jay thinks the Browns have the most to gain by showing everyone that they're on the same level with the Chiefs, which prompts the guys talk about the differences in situations between Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes. Plus, Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks joins the show to talk about the expectations for the Bucs coming off their Super Bowl win last season.
The NFL season starts TONIGHT. The guys weigh in on what they are looking forward to seeing most. Jay says he's going to make sure he appreciates Tom Brady while he's still playing, Key wants to see how the Bucs' defense looks and Max is going to be looking to see how Zeke Elliott performs after an abysmal 2020 season. Plus, ESPN Cowboys Reporter Todd Archer & ESPN Buccaneers Reporter Jenna Laine check in ahead of the teams' matchup.
Keyshawn, Jay and Max weigh in on the Jets and Panthers, where Sam Darnold faces his former team. They also talk about what to expect from Zach Wilson and debate if Wilson or Darnold is the better option. Plus, Host of the Paul Finebaum Show Paul Finebaum and Pro-football Hall of Fame's Tony Dungy join the show.